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Drexel Research and Community-Based Projects in Consortium’s First Annual Report on Health and Urban Design

The first annual progress report of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)’s Design and Health Research Consortium contributes to a growing body of research showing that the physical and built environment can play a crucial – and often overlooked – role in public health. Last year, a team from Drexel University was selected as one of 11 inaugural members of the consortium, which helps translate research on design’s influence on public health into architectural practice for policymakers, design and public health professionals and the general public. The team of faculty from the Dornsife School of Public Health and Westphal College of Media Arts & Design bring together research and community engagement efforts that converge within several community-based projects in West Philadelphia.  Drexel’s contributions this year include publishing peer-reviewed articles describing the connection between community environments and health; presenting at national conferences and meetings on processes for human centered design and community projects; teaching courses on the intersection of design and health; and organizing community meetings and symposiums that brought together health practitioners, urban design professionals and researchers.

http://drexel.edu/dornsife/news/latest-news/2016/January/AIA-Report/